Preparing for college doesnít start with applying to different schools in your senior year. Beginning in your sophomore year of high school you have the option to start taking a series of tests that are typically required on applying for colleges. These tests include the PSAT/NMSQT, the SAT, and the ACT.
The PSAT is not a mandatory test. It is a preparatory test for the SAT, and is usually taken in a studentís sophomore year. It is however mandatory that you take either the SAT or the ACT. Most of the colleges you apply to, will require that you take both tests and submit your test scores with your applications. You can take either test as many times as it is offered by your high school before you graduate.
PSAT/NMSQT: Most students take this test in their sophomore year of high school. This test also provides an opportunity to apply for the National Merit Scholarship Corporation scholarship programs.
Test Time: Test Content: -Critical Reading Section (two 25 minute sections) Sentence Completion(13 questions): Measures your knowledge of the meaning of words and your ability to fit sentences together Passage Based Reading(35 questions): Tests how well you understand the passage that you read, by asking questions based on that passage.
-Math Section (two 25 minute sections) Required Math Operations: Numbers and operation, algebra and functions, geometry and measurement, statistics, probability, and data analysis. *28 Multiple choice questions *10 Grid-ins (student produced responses)
-Writing Section(30 Minutes) Identifying Sentence Errors (14 questions): grammar and word choice Improving Sentences (20 questions): how best to rewrite a sentence Improving Paragraphs (5 questions): improve the logic, coherence, or organization in a flawed passage
SAT: If you are completely unsure of an answer to a question, when taking the SAT, it is best to leave the question blank. The SAT will dock ľ of a point for every question you answer incorrectly. However, if you choose to leave the question blank you will not lose or gain any points. Recently the SAT has undergone some remodeling. Much to the delight of students all across the nation, it will no longer contain analogies as part of the test material (for those of you who have not been paying attention in English class an analogy is a statement that makes a comparison between two things. I.e., an apple is to fruit as a dove is to a ≠≠≠bird.) However, the analogies have been replaced with a short essay.
Test Time: Test Contents: -Writing(60 Minutes) The Short Essay(25 minutes): Tests your ability to develop and support a main idea. You will be scored on your ability to use the appropriate words, organize and express your ideas, and maintain proper sentence structure. Multiple Choice (35 minutes): Tests your ability to improve sentence and paragraph structure, and identify errors in grammar and sentence construction.
-Reading (70 Minutes): Passage Reading(two 25 minute sections): Tests your ability to regurgitate information from a passage you have just read to answer questions specific to that passage. Sentence Completion(20 Minutes): Tests your ability to correctly complete a sentence with the appropriate words.
-Math (70 minutes total, two 25 minute sections, one 20 minute section): Required Math Operations: Number and operations, algebra and functions, geometry, and stats, probability, and data analysis. Some questions will be grid-in and some will be multiple choice.
ACT: The ACT is slightly different from the SAT. Should you find yourself facing a question that you do not know the answer to on the ACT, it is best to guess. The ACT does not penalize you for incorrect answers, as the SAT does. It also scores you on a different numbering scale. The highest score you can get on the ACT is a 36.
Test Content: -English (45 minutes, 75 questions): Grammar (40 questions): punctuation and sentence structure 40 questions Rhetorical skills (35 questions): strategy, organization and style:
*spelling, vocabulary, and rote recall rules of grammar are not tested* -Math (60 Minutes, 60 questions): Pre-algebra (24 questions) Algebra and Coordinate Geometry (18 questions) Plane Geometry and Trigonometry (18 questions)
*plane geometry tests properties and relations of plane figures*
-Reading (35 minutes, 40 questions) Social Studies (10 questions): History, political science, economics, anthropology, psychology, and sociology Natural Sciences (10 questions): Biology, chemistry, physics, and physical science Prose Fiction (10 questions): Short stories Humanities (10 questions): Art, music, philosophy, theater, architecture, and dance. -Science of Reasoning (35 minutes, 40 questions) Data Representation: graph reading, interpreting scatter plots and tables Research Summaries: Designing experiments and interpreting results. Conflicting View Points: Understanding analysis and comparison of alternate view points.
On Tuesday, 16 Jan 2007, Amber said:
Im planning on attending college soon and i've never taken any of the ACTs or SATs or any other test i have to take. Where do i get a complete list of what i need to take and when and where i can take them.
On Tuesday, 16 Jan 2007, CU Succeed Team said:
You can usually find any information on these tests in the guidance office at your school. Your school might also keep the SAT/ACT information in the main office or the school library. Ask the secretary at front desk in the main office where you can find the information you need.
On Friday, 30 Jan 2009, Steve said:
What should I take the SAT or the ACT?
On Friday, 7 Nov 2008, a person said:
im only i the 8th grade and i have taken the act and sat
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